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    HANSON AGGREGATES INVESTS IN UK’S FIRST CAT? 986K WHEEL LOADER

    Hanson,
    one of the largest
    suppliers of bulk construction aggregates in the UK, has invested in the Cat
    Ò 986K Wheel Loader – the first
    machine of this size and class in UK – in a deal with Finning UK & Ireland.
    The machine was chosen for its compact sizing and advanced technology features.

    The wheel loader is the
    penultimate addition in a series of new Caterpillarassets added to Hanson’s fleet as part of a 31-machine deal struck
    in 2018, and will be in operation at Hingston Down Quarry in Cornwall. Hanson
    has worked extensively with Finning over many years, building a strong
    relationship that has led to a number of ongoing projects with the business.

    The Cat 986K combines
    reliable, efficient loading with machine longevity, providing lower cost of
    ownership. Performance is optimised thanks to the power shift transmission, torque
    converter with lock-up clutch and axle shaft disc brakes.

    VisionLink® offers
    insight into the health, location and productivity of the machine, helping to
    increase productivity, control costs, improve operator performance and ensure
    safety on site. Cat Connect PAYLOAD technologies such as Cat Production
    Measurement provide on-the-go load weighing to assist operators with achieving
    precise targets every time, further optimising efficiency and increasing
    jobsite productivity.

    The Cat 986K also boasts
    a redesigned state-of-the-art operator cab featuring STIC steering, touch
    screen display, enhanced safety with improved access/egress, and better cab
    visibility. Serviceability is improved with ground-level or platform access and
    grouped service points, and a suite of performance series buckets are available
    too.

    Sizing was an important
    determining factor in Hanson’s selection of the machine, and the Cat 986K proved
    to be the ideal size – larger than a Cat 982M but more compact than a new Cat 988K.
    The recent reintroduction of the Cat 988K range saw machines larger than their
    predecessors, and so the Cat 986K was launched as a size replacement for the
    original Cat 988G.

    The machine will be
    maintained through a Customer Service Agreement (CSA Under the agreement,
    Finning will also provide technical support through the Finsight condition
    monitoring team, supplying Hanson with data on machine health that links to the
    CSA. This data will provide accurate information to organise preventative
    maintenance operations, as well as information on uptime and machine
    productivity.

    Dave Jenkins, Unit
    Manager at Hanson UK, explained: “We were in the process of renewing aspects of
    our fleet at Hingston Down Quarry last year. We sought advice from Finning and Caterpillar
    on which machines to invest in for better site management and optimisation, and
    they recommended the new Cat 986K.

    “The whole of the site
    team at the quarry are looking forward to the arrival of the first UK based
    Cat
    986K, with the loader bringing all of Caterpillar’s latest improvements with
    ongoing upgrades and advanced technologies. This machine is
    matched perfectly with our face fleet, which includes a 772G and continues the long
    standing partnership that this quarry has had with Finning – a relationship
    forged over many years.

    “We have been operating
    our current Cat 988G face loading shovel since its arrival in 2005, and this
    machine is performing really well after a long working life. It’s still running
    on its original powertrain, which is proven testament to the Caterpillar
    standards of durability and reliability for the whole life of their machinery.”

    Phil Battle, Head of
    Quarrying & Aggregates – Finning UK & Ireland, added: “The Cat 986K
    Wheel Loader is the right size, perfectly matched with Cat off-highway trucks
    to maximise the volume of material moved and offer the lowest cost per tonne.

    “The robust structures
    withstand tough loading conditions to achieve multiple lifecycles – for a lower
    total cost of ownership. Hanson will see improved mobility, versatility, and
    technology built into the 986K Wheel Loader to burn less fuel, operate more
    efficiently, and achieve a low total cost of ownership.”             

    For more
    information on Cat products and services from Finning UK & Ireland, please visit
    www.finning.com,
    or for more information on Hanson UK, please visit www.hanson.co.uk.